On May 5th, local elections will be taking place in MK.
There are elections for all 19 Borough Wards in Milton Keynes, with one vacancy in each ward. Milton Keynes elects a third of its Councillors every year.
The local council has an impact on many services such as housing, transport and public spaces.
Decisions made by the local council have impacts on the community, so MKFM has been gathering local party campaigns to allow people in Milton Keynes to find them all in one place.
One of the main policies on all sides for the 2022 elections is housing.
MK Lib Dems
Cllr Robin Bradburn told MKFM: "
The Lib Dem pledge for housing includes:
- Build affordable housing for the next generation - Build more Council homes and start up the Local Housing Company so it can start building its first homes, because the houses being built in Milton Keynes need to be affordable, green, and actually meet the needs of local people.
- Continue the ‘Housing First’ policy that the Liberal Democrats helped create in 2018. Because of this policy, accommodation is offered to every person sleeping on the streets.
- Fight back against government changes to the planning system if the proposals disempower local authorities and silence the views of local residents.
The Lib Dem 2022 manifesto reads: "We want enough affordable housing so that our children’s children can still call Milton Keynes home, and we’ll make sure infrastructure comes first.
"We want to regenerate our historic towns, while putting our city at the heart of the Oxford to Cambridge Arc."
MK Labour Group
Under one of the Labour group's key pledges, they have 'Build more council homes and increase the level of affordable housing to rent or buy.'
Cllr Peter Marland told MKFM: "Council housing is absolutely key."
Another pledge by the party is to Insulate 1,500 council properties by 2024 to increase energy efficiency.
MK Conservative Group
Cllr Alex Walker told MKFM:
"There is a lot of things that we need to do and what I don't think what we should be be doing is accelerating growth in Milton Keynes to a point where it cripples infrastructure and I think we are at that point now."
The party's pledge for housing is: "Stop Lib/Lab plan to double MK's Population.
"They are determined to grow MK at a reckless pace, crippling our roads and putting pressure on our hospital. We will put infrastructure before expansion."
MK Green Party
"Ensure that residents have the final say over any regeneration proposals.
"As a temporary measure to rapidly tackle the housing crisis install Zpods (zero energy prefabricated dwellings) over some car parks."
Their housing policies according to the 2022 manifesto include:
- Provide more affordable social housing to reduce waiting lists and homelessness.
- Zpods (zero energy prefabricated dwellings) over car parks
- Push for more secure tenancies for renters and smart controls to stabilise rents.
- Ensure that residents have the final say over any regeneration proposals.
- Protect greenfield sites around MK from building development.
- Oppose government plans for 1 million more houses in CAMKOX (Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Oxford) Arc.
- Insist that any enlargement of MK is matched by supporting infrastructure, such as schools, surgeries, dentists, transport, green spaces
- Provide land for local food production
MKFM has gathered the manifestos from the main local parties, including Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem which you can find here: Here are the local party manifestos.
Listen at 7pm on-air tomorrow, Wednesday 4th April, to hear MKFM speak to local councillors as part of our pre-election hustings on MKFM.